Averages for Goa in February
After a relatively cool January, things start to get warmer in Goa, India in February. At this time of year, the average temperature increases as the month develops, beginning at 24.5°C at the start of the month, created by average highs of 30°C during the day and average lows of 19°C at night. This increases to 26.5°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 32°C during the daytime and lows of 21°C at night, making the final week of February the best time to visit Goa if you want to travel to the resort when it’s at its hottest.
Even though it only happens on an average of 10% of days, temperatures have been known to rise above 36°C and drop below 16°C in Goa in February. The hottest temperature ever registered in the resort during this month is 39°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever recorded here during this time of year is 7°C.
Since February is a fairly cool month for Goa, it’s perfect for holidaymakers who really want to visit the resort but can’t stand extremely high temperatures. If you’re planning to holiday in Goa this month, you’ll need to take plenty of airy and light clothing with you to make sure you stay cool, as well as swimming gear, protective hats, suntan lotion and sunglasses to avoid heatstroke and sunburn.
February is one of the driest months of the year for Goa, when the resort is subject to an average of 0.1mm/0 inches of rainfall which falls on one rainy day – that’s a small decrease compared to January. The probability of rainfall making an appearance begins at 1.2% on February 1st, rises up to 1.5% by February 13th and drops back down to 1.2% by February 28th. If you do experience some precipitation during your holiday in Goa in February, it will most likely be light rain (which falls on 40% of days without rainfall), drizzle (27%), thunderstorms (21%) and moderate rain (12%).
During an average February, Goa boasts an average of ten daily hours of sunshine – that’s one hour less each day than the previous month – along with an average sea temperature of 28°C – that’s 1°C warmer than the previous month. With such a warm average sea temperature and so many hours of sunshine each day, February is the perfect month to spend a day at the beach. If you do hit the coast in Goa during this month, try and stay out of the direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
Since the median cloud coverage for the resort in February is so low, you’ll have plenty of chances to sunbathe during your holiday. The median cloud cover begins at 3% on February 1st and rises up to 5% by February 28th. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 72% of the time, partly cloudy 7% and mostly cloudy/overcast 2%.
The relative humidity for Goa in February tends to range between 34% (comfortable) and 85% (very humid), rarely dropping below 21% (dry) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is usually at its driest around February 25th, when the relative humidity falls below 41% (comfortable) three days out of four, whilst it’s often at its most humid around February 19th, when it rises above 77% (humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of a typical February, average wind speeds fluctuate between 0 m/s (calm) and 5 m/s (gentle breeze), rarely rising above 7 m/s (moderate breeze). The highest average wind speed of 2 m/s (light breeze) occurs around February 29th, when the average daily maximum is 5 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 2 m/s happens around February 1st, when the average daily maximum is 5 m/s.
Early morning at Baga Beach in Goa, India taken by Vishal
Where to stay
Situated in south west Goa, the Taj Exotic Goa is a five-star hotel which overlooks the sea. Set on 56 acres of landscaped gardens, this hotel specialises in relaxation, with the Jiva Spa which offers massage rooms, steam room, Jacuzzi, aromatherapy and treatment rooms, outdoor sea-facing pavilions, beauty salon and swimming pool. Other onsite services and facilities include fitness centre, kids’ entertainment, play area, kids’ pool, shopping arcade and WiFi access, plus seven casual and formal bars and restaurants which serve local and international food and drinks. There are nine accommodation options available, ranging from basic garden and sea view villas and plunge pool villas to luxury and presidential suites. Each of the villas features private balcony or veranda, private bathroom with bath and shower, and tea/coffee making facilities, whilst the luxury and presidential suites are much larger and also boast a Jacuzzi and private pool, respectively.
The Ramada Cavarela Beach Resort is perfect for holidaymakers who want to spend a lot of time at the beach during their time in Goa. This five-star hotel is situated on Varca Beach and is surrounded by dense gardens, giving it a secluded and intimate feel. Accommodation is provided in the form of garden rooms, pool/ocean view rooms, deluxe suites, family villas and presidential villas. Each of the rooms comes complete with flat-screen TV, tea/coffee maker, WiFi access, mini fridge and complimentary buffet breakfast, whilst the suites and villas offer the same, as well as separate bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms. Onsite dining options include seasonal beachside restaurants, poolside bars and indoor bars, restaurants and cafes, which serve up a selection of Indian and international food and drinks. Other services and amenities include nightclub, nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, water sports and games held on the beach.
For something a bit more affordable, check out Bougainvillea Guest House. Surrounded by tropical gardens, this guest house is small, intimate and features Portuguese-inspired décor. Guests can choose between eight suites, each of which is spacious and comes with air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV, WiFi access, private balcony, garden views and hot/cold water 24/7. Onsite services and facilities include airport pick up, laundry services, car and bike hire, room service and restaurant which serves local cuisine. Sinquerim Beach, Lower Aguada Fort, bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets are all just a short walk away.
Keys Resort - Ronil is another top pick when it comes to budget accommodation in Goa. Located in Baga, close to Baga Beach and Tito’s Nightclub, this hotel is made up of 125 well-appointed rooms divided between standard, executive and deluxe rooms and deluxe and junior suites. Each of the guestrooms comes complete with LED TV, free WiFi access, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary buffet breakfast, whilst the suites offer all that plus extra room and four-poster bed. Within the hotel you’ll find two swimming pools, pool table, table tennis and laundry facilities, as well as the Golden Net restaurant which serves international food and the Rodeo Bar which offers a variety of drinks on the poolside terrace.
Hit the beach
Mandrem Beach is a huge beach made up of fine white sand lapped by clean, shallow waters ideal for swimming. Here you’ll find sun loungers and parasols available to rent, plus lifeguards, fruit vendors, beach shacks which sell cheap food and drink and limited water sports, such as water skiing during the peak season. Since this beach is one of the less visited ones, it’s the perfect place to spend a quiet day.
Cansaulim Beach is another beach highly recommended due to the cleanliness of its sands and waters, although the sea can get rough at times, so be careful when swimming. Comprised of soft golden sand, the beach is lined by palm trees which provide free natural shade and small shacks run by locals who serve up cheap fresh seafood and drinks throughout the day. Here you’ll also find sun loungers, parasols, lifeguards, a European-style toilet and water sports, such as sailing, jet skiing and banana boats, during the peak season.
Dudhsagar Waterfall in Goa, India via Flickr
Things to do
The Dudhsagar Waterfall is a must-visit during your holiday in Goa. Situated on the Mandovi River, this waterfall features four tiers and is 600m long from top to bottom, with an average width of 30m, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in India. The name “Dudhsagar” literally means “sea of milk” which is exactly what the waterfall looks like when it pours across the Deccan plateau where it then splits into three streams and pours into a deep green pool. Whilst the waterfall is most impressive during the monsoon season (June to September) it’s still a fantastic thing to see in February.
The Se Cathedral is dedicated to St Catherine of Alexandria, on whose feast day Alfonso Albuquerque beat the Muslim army and took over Goa in 1510. Built in a Portuguese-Gothic style with Corinthian interior and Tuscan exterior, this cathedral is the largest in Asia and one of the most celebrated buildings in Goa. It’s best known for its five bells, including the “Golden Bell” which is the largest church bell in Goa and has even had poems written about it. Other highlights of the cathedral include the courtyard, the exterior tower, the barrel-vaulted nave, the columned entrance and the four chapels.
History buffs on holiday in Goa won’t want to miss the chance to visit the Reis Magos Fort. This fort is the oldest in Goa and has been restored to serve as a heritage and cultural centre. Previous uses of the Reis Magos Fort included fortress, prison and hospital before it was abandoned in 1993, but the fort has since been restored back to its original glory, with the goal of showing just what important monuments can do for a community. In addition to the genuine fortifications, the Reis Magos Fort also features two art galleries and gift shop where you can buy fort-themed souvenirs.
Goan Beef and Potatoes from Crystal Goa Restaurant in Goa, India taken by Lian
Eating and drinking out
Vegetarians and vegans searching for some tasty meatless meals should pop into Peter Bar in Palolem. Open from 8am until 11pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant is located in the forest, just a one-minute walk away from the main street, giving it a tropical and secluded feel. All the food is prepared in an open kitchen in full view of diners, so you don’t have to be worried about under-par hygiene. The menu features light options, such as fresh salads, sandwiches and pancakes, plus heartier options, like curries, samosas and desserts, providing something for everyone.
For something more sophisticated, try the Crystal Goa Restaurant. Located within the Crystal Goa hotel, this restaurant specialises in traditional Indian cuisine, including curries, pakoras and momos, although the seafood – especially the fresh prawns – is said to be the highlight. All the dishes are made from scratch, so although you might have to wait for your food, it will definitely be worth it. To wash down your meal, there is a small selection of local and international beers and wines, as well as fresh fruit juices and cocktails.
Café Fiori is another great place to go if you’re in the mood for seafood. Located in the Calangute-Baga circle, this restaurant offers modern European cuisine, making it perfect for holidaymakers who aren’t getting on with the local food. Meals are served on a large open-air terrace and are made from quality meat, seafood, vegetables and herbs from carefully-selected farms. Here you’ll find everything from grilled steaks, roast lamb and pork belly to pan-fried duck, steamed oysters and mango cheesecake.